WBA, IBF, WBO champion Anthony Joshua has slammed WBC, Lineal and Ring Magazine heavyweight champion of the world Tyson Fury saying the Gypsy King has only had two ‘good fights’ in his entire career.
Fury and Joshua, both British, are set to fight at the ending of 2020 providing that Joshua beats his IBF mandatory challenger Kubrat Pulev in June and Fury wins his third fight against Deontay Wilder this summer.
Fury after defeating Wilder to claim the WBC belt, recently blasted Joshua by stating that Joshua is not a true champion because he(Fury) had dethroned Wladimir Klitschko on a famous night in Dusseldorf five years ago to capture the WBA, WBO, IBF and IBO world belts – all now held by Joshua – but was quickly stripped of them due to drug and mental health issues.
‘I’ve already been the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world when I beat Klitschko, I had all of the belts,’ Fury said during an appearance on This Morning alongside his wife Paris.
‘So as far as I’m concerned, Anthony Joshua has only got my leftovers because I never lost those belts. I had to vacate them for mental health problems. They’re my belts.’
Anthony Joshua has now hit back by saying Fury’s only difficult opponents during his career have been Deontay Wilder and Wladimir Klitschko.
‘The fight can happen when Tyson Fury gets past his third match with Deontay Wilder and the fight can happen when I get past my next match with Kubrat Pulev,’ Joshua said in a promotional video for Land Rover.
‘If Fury wants that fight to happen, he’ll make it happen. ‘We’re keen, we always like to put on big events and cater for the boxing community, so that’s something that we’ll take really seriously. ‘Congratulations to him on his last performance.
‘He’s had two good fights in his career in my opinion, against Klitschko and Wilder and he’s managed to win them both so he’s on a high right now. ‘But he has to be careful what he wishes for because the young gunners are coming up and we’ll definitely take that Tyson Fury challenge with both hands.’